3-Year-Old Boy Abandoned in Chico City Plaza

Feb 2, 2016 10:40 PM by Marc Blaine

Reanette Fillmer, a Chico Council Member and a part of the Posse Foundation, an outreach group for the homeless, said her encounter Monday morning in the City Plaza was emotional for all involved. While doing outreach work she was among several people approached by a young homeless couple with an infant. Fillmer said she soon learned the couple had taken care of a 3-year-old boy who was left abandoned in the plaza by his parents.

"The couple had asked some of the homeless to watch their son for about an hour. They were going to go do something. We found out later they went to do some acid and never returned."

Fillmer said the couple that came to the rescue took the child with them to a hotel where they were spending the night. Once police were called Monday, the boy was on the way to the hospital.

"The child is in protected services. They did take him to Enloe Hospital to get checked out. He had quite a few infections on his feet and one on his arm."

Fillmer and the 7 other women who make up the Posse Foundation are proud of the work they do to improve the lives of the homeless. However, Fillmer believes in this case, the unidentified couple who came to the aid of a little boy are nothing short of good Samaritans.

"We give them a lot of credit for taking care of the child, appreciate what they did, reaching out and doing what was best for that little 3-year-old," Fillmer said.

After police arrived on scene Monday morning, the boy's parents showed up looking for the boy. While the father, 30-year-old John Eldridge was arrested on misdemeanor child endangerment, the mother was not taken into custody.

The Chico Police Department told Action News Now, it last heard the boy was still under care of Butte County's Children Services Division.

The Posse Foundation says it plans to reach out to the parents to attempt to get them the help they need to provide the boy with a safe living environment.


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